Mumbai building collapse | At least 12 dead; don’t take LBS Marg in Ghatkopar, say traffic cops

Live updates on the rescue operation at Ghatkopar building at Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg
By HT Correspondents, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2017 12:40 AM IST

A five-storey building at Damodar Park on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar, Sai Darshan, collapsed on Tuesday, civic officials said. According to sources, a nursing home was being run on the ground floor of the building. Civic chief Ajoy Mehta has asked a two-member committee to submit a report within 15 days.

Fourteen fire engines, one rescue van and an ambulance have been rushed to the spot.

The highlights of the rescue operation:

5.30pm: 2-member committee to support report on the incident to civic chief in 15 days

4.31pm: Of the 18 people rescued, 6 dead,12 injured. Of the 12 injured, six have been treated and discharged

3.35pm: 12 people rescued, including 4 men and 8 women. Four declared dead

3.30pm: Traffic advisory: Road at Sanghani Junction, Ghatkopar is shut. Traffic from LBS Road will be diverted on the eastern express highway. .

3.27pm: Prakash Ajmera, who suffered minor injuries, is in stable condition.

3.26pm: Ridhhi Khalchandani suffered a severe head injury and fractures. She is currently in the ICU. Her condition is stable.

3.25pm: The four dead have been identified as Ranjan Shah, Sulochana Khalchandani, Divya Ajmera and Amruta Thak

3.22pm: Dr Praful Lokhande, Shantiniketan Hospital, said, “We have treated about 10-12 people with minor injuries. Four deaths were reported in the hospital. Two patients are currently in the ICU and two are in general ward.”

3.15pm: Firefighter Ganesh Khandge and his associate suffocated owing to gas leak while trying to rescue a woman. They were rushed to Shantiniketan hospital. He was admitted in the ICU.

2.59pm: Raju Doshi still trapped. His wife and son escaped as they had gone to a temple.

2.46pm: “My sister, brother-in-law and their one-year-old son lived here. I have checked all hospitals, but they are nowhere,” says Lalit Upadhyay

2.44pm: One more resident succumbs to injuries

2.20pm: Rescue work is still on. Watch

2.04pm: Residents say the renovation work of the hospital has been going on for the past one month.

2pm: The society is three decades old, has fifteen members

1.58pm: “My mother, brother and sister-in-law are trapped. We lived on the third floor. I left for work at 9am,” says Rajesh Diyora 

1.55pm: Sandip Patil says, “My friend shifted here from a chawl three months ago. I don’t know where he is.”

1.48pm: Locals say the society is old. Most residents have been living here for a long time

1.47pm: Samruddhi Mayekar says, “The building started shaking. I called out to Mrs Geeta.”

1.45pm: A three-month-old child becomes the third victim

1.37pm: Of the rescued, four are in stable condition at Rajawadi hospital, 4 are in stable condition at Shantiniketan hospital and three have been given OPD treatment. Two succumbed to their injuries

1.36pm: So far, 13 people have been rescued

1.33pm: The update so far: 3 injured, 2 dead

1.27pm: NDRF called in

1.20pm: “My sister, daughter and her 5-month-old granddaughter are trapped. I don’t know where they are,” says Krishna Rao, a relative, adding the family had recently bought a flat in the building. Watch

1.14pm: Sniffer dog pressed into service

1.13pm: Two others being treated at Rajawadi hospital

1.10pm: Building was not in the C1 category building – extremely dangerous that needs immediate redevelopment, say BMC sources

1.05pm: A woman in the neighbouring building raised alarm, as she saw the building shaking

1.04pm: Locals residents said the building started to shake as construction work was underway on the ground floor. Labourers had a lucky escape

1.03pm: Second casualty is an 80-year-old

1.01pm: One more dead.

12.56pm: Patients have trauma injuries, none critical. Watch

12.52pm: The woman who died was 60 years old

12.48pm: Residents of nearby Shanti nagar say they heard a loud thud. Within seconds, the two wings collapsed.

12.42pm: Nursing home on the ground floor was vacant. Three to four families lived on each floor

12.41pm: Worried residents gather at the spot to assist in the rescue work

12.39pm: Police advise motorists to avoid LBS Marg

12.35pm: The rescue operations in progress. Watch

12.33pm: Traffic towards Ghatkopar blocked

12.25pm: A woman, who suffered injuries in the collapse, died

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